Florida turns down 'Ag Gag,' Iowa about to debate it

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A measure that would have made it a crime to take certain pictures on a farm without the owner's permission was turned down by the Florida Legislature on Wednesday.

Under the so-called "Ag Gag" bill, photographing or videotaping "abusive, unsanitary or otherwise dangerous or illegal activity on a farm" could subject a person to criminal prosecution and imprisonment.

It was aimed at activists who want to go onto a farm and do undercover videos.

Legislators stripped the "Ag Gag" provisions from an omnibus agriculture bill that later passed. Read more.

Meanwhile, the Iowa Legislature is about to take up a simillar measure. House File 589 would make it illegal to videotape at farms or other animal operations while undercover.

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mn  |  January, 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM

The Humane ,PETA.and other so called organizations that rake in millions are all deceitful and their first undercover operation was the Silver Springs monkey case which later was discovered to be a set up but media and lies won out and forever the activists who care little for human beings are very very rich now and they will continue to be spying, infiltrating and taping and doing whatever it takes to destroy animal agriculture because that is their goal--look on their website for yourself ....

Ron Treatise    
Alabama  |  January, 27, 2012 at 09:59 AM

Silver Springs was anything but a "set-up". The work done in this lab was so objectionable that it was the site of the first police raid in the U.S. against an animal researcher. The lead researcher was charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty and faiure to provide adequate veterinary care. Because Maryland's anti-cruelty legislation did not apply to federally funded laboratories (i.e., he could not be lawfully convicted of cruelty to animals for ANYTHING done in his lab), the convictions were reversed. That is a prime example of laws lagging justice, not a "set-up". As for the subject under discussion here (which is not Silver Springs), what the state legislatures are considering is making the exposure of illegal activities illegal. Not the original illegal activities, but the exposure of illegal activities. Strip away your prejudices and vested interests, then ask if that is a hallmark of a free and just society.

Tammy Piotraschke    
Powers, MI  |  January, 27, 2012 at 02:56 PM

As a dairy farmer I do not want people coming onto my property and recording without permission, but I do not believe any animal should be allowed to be abused. This is a very fine line we are on. I personally do not feel a recession is the right time to be putting extra expense to the food budget of the poor when it is the rich who seem to have the problem with where and how their food is produced.

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